The Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research (OJVR) publishes articles that report on original research in veterinary science. While it considers submissions from any geographic region, its focus is on Africa and the infectious or parasitic diseases and disease vectors that affect livestock and wildlife on the continent. Articles that report on research which contributes to the control or eradication of these diseases, for instance by improving or developing vaccines and diagnostic tests, are especially welcome. Provided they have some bearing on animal health, original research papers in specialised fields such as anatomy and ultrastructure, biochemistry, bioinformatics, epidemiology, entomology and acarology, physiology, pharmacology, immunology, molecular biology, toxicology and other relevant disciplines will also be considered. Veterinary case reports, clinical studies, companion animal medicine, preliminary findings and reports of predominantly local relevance do not fall within the scope of this journal. Three categories of papers are published: comprehensive research papers fall under the category ‘Original Research’, while shorter and more concise papers are considered as ‘Research Communications’. Contributions to the third category, namely ‘Reviews’, are as a rule requested by the editorial board, but suggestions and motivations for review subjects may also be submitted directly to the editor-in-chief.